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    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS ARE NOW ADVANCING ON THE STRATEGIC TOWN OF ORE. IN NIGERIA'S WESTERN?

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    FEDERAL NIGERIAN TROOPS ARE NOW ADVANCING ON THE STRATEGIC TOWN OF ORE. IN NIGERIA'S WESTERN REGION. REPORTS FROM THE AREA SAY THE TOWN HAS BEEN TAKEN BY TROOPS FROM BIAFRA, THE NAME ASSUMED BY THE BREAKAWAY EASTERN REGION OF NIGERIA. OUR FILM SHOWS FEDERAL TROOPS AND TRUCKS MOVING TOWARDS ORE.

    AFTER A FIERCE BATTLE FEDERAL NIGERIAN FORCES TOOK THE TOWN OF AGABU FROM BIAFRAN CONTROL. THE CAPTURE OF AGABU, SOUTH OF ORE, WAS SEEN BY THE FEDERAL FORCES AS A MAJOR TACTICAL VICTORY.

    THE SECESSIONIST BIAFRAN FORCES CAPTURED ORE DURING A THRUST FROM THE COASTAL TOWN OF BENIN, THE MID-WESTERN CAPITAL.

    ACCORDING TO BIAFRAN FORCES BIAFRAN TROOPS HAVE ALSO KNOCKED OUT A NUMBER OF FEDERAL ARMOURED CARS, DRIVEN BY WHITE MERCENARIES. A BULLETIN ISSUED IN ENUGU. THE BIAFRAN CAPITAL, SAID THE ARMOURED CARS WERE DESTROYED YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) IN NORTHERN BIAFRA.

    OUR FILM SHOWS A BIAFRAN HOME-MADE TANK, DESTROYED BY FEDERAL FORCES NEAR AGABU. THE TANK IS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED IN THE RAILWAY YARD IN ENUGU. ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL TROOPS 41 BIAFRANS WERE ALSO KILLED IN THE ENGAGEMENT INVOLVING THE TANK.

    THERE ARE STILL MANY BIAFRANS MAKING SPORADIC ATTACKS ON THE FEDERAL FORCES AS THEY MAKE THEIR WAY TOWARDS ORE.

    TROOPS AT ONE STAGE ERECTED A PLYWOOD BRIDGE, ANOTHER AID TO THE FEDERAL THRUST FORWARD.

    MEANWHILE, ROAD BLOCKS CHECK THE IDENTITY OF ALL CIVILIANS WHO ENTER THE NIGERIAN FEDERAL CAPITAL, LAGOS. THE ROAD CHECKS ARE PART OF A RIGID SECURITY ORGANISATION IN LAGOS -- IDENTIFICATION OF ALL IBO TRIBESMEN IN THE CITY HAS ALREADY BECOME MANDATORY.

    SYNOPSIS: EACH SIDE HAS MADE CLAIMS AND COUNTER-CLAIMS FOR VICTORY IN THE WAR, BUT DECISIVE BATTLES ARE RARELY WON. IT'S BEEN FOUND TOO DIFFICULT TO DEFEND A POSITION ONCE IT'S BEEN WON WITH A CONSEQUENT SHIFTING AND CHANGING IN POSSESION.

    IN LAGOS ITSELF, THOUGH, SECURITY FORCES ARE DOING THEIR BEST TO INSURE AGAINST BLOODSHED. ALL CIVILIANS ENTERING THE CITY BY ROAD ARE STOPPED AT ROAD-BLOCKS TO BE IDENTIFIED, AND IN SOME CASES, SEARCHED.

    YESTERDAY THE BRITISH HIGH COMMISSIONER TO NIGERIA, SIR DAVID HUNT, PLEDGE BRITAIN'S SUPPORT FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. HE TOLD REPORTERS IN IBADA THAT THE BRITISH POSITION WAS ONE OF ABSOLUTE SUPPORT FOR AND FAITH IN THE UNITY AND TERRITORIAL INTEGRITY OF THE FEDERATION.

    FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARE CONSTANTLY RECRUITING TROOPS IN LAGOS -- ONE MORE GROUP IS ABOUT TO HEAD FOR THE WESTERN FRONT.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA61LOQ5MB1ZF59G2BWVRFVI7ER
    Media URN:
    VLVA61LOQ5MB1ZF59G2BWVRFVI7ER
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:45:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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